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Matthew T. Mangino: The purpose and utility of punishment in the criminal justice system

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08.11.2019

The grandfather of a toddler that fell through an open window on a cruise ship last summer has been charged with negligent homicide in the toddler’s death, according to the Puerto Rican Department of Justice.

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The grandfather of a toddler that fell through an open window on a cruise ship last summer has been charged with negligent homicide in the toddler’s death, according to the Puerto Rican Department of Justice.

Salvatore Anello was playing with his granddaughter on the ship’s 11th floor near a window while the ship was docked in Puerto Rico.

Anello apparently sat the girl on rails near the open window, thinking it was closed. Prosecutors allege that Anello "negligently exposed (his granddaughter) through one of the windows," according to a statement from Puerto Rican prosecutors.

Prosecutors have an enormous amount of power. They have the discretion to file charges, to determine what charges to file, to impose sentence enhancement, to offer........

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